Essential Report

Concern about climate threats to Australia listed in IPCC report

Aug 17, 2021

Q. A recently released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that changes to the earth’s climate are “unequivocally the result of human actions”, and increased global temperatures will cause unprecedented changes to the earth’s climate unless drastic action is taken over the next 10 years.

To what extent are you concerned about each of the following threats to Australia which the IPCC has listed in the report?

  TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
More extreme and frequent bushfires, with longer fire seasons 81% 19% 43% 38% 14% 6%
Increased frequency of droughts in drier areas 79% 21% 40% 39% 15% 6%
Increased sea temperatures damaging marine ecosystems 76% 24% 37% 39% 18% 6%
More frequent heavy rainfall causing river floods and worse storms 75% 25% 32% 42% 19% 6%
Sea levels around Australia continuing to rise, causing coastal erosion and threatening communities 72% 28% 32% 40% 20% 8%
  • There is high concern for all impacts of climate change affecting Australia identified in the latest IPCC report.
  • 81% say they are concerned about the threat of more extreme and frequent bushfires (43% very concerned), and 79% are concerned about the increased frequency of drought in drier areas (40% very concerned).
  • Despite having the lowest concern of the threats, 72% of people say they are concerned with rising sea levels causing coastal erosion.
TOTAL:

Concerned

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
More extreme and frequent bushfires, with longer fire seasons 81% 76% 85% 81% 83% 78% 87% 75% 92% 75%
Increased frequency of droughts in drier areas 79% 76% 82% 77% 84% 76% 84% 74% 91% 76%
Increased sea temperatures damaging marine ecosystems 76% 71% 80% 78% 80% 70% 83% 68% 93% 67%
More frequent heavy rainfall causing river floods and worse storms 75% 69% 80% 76% 79% 69% 81% 68% 87% 65%
Sea levels around Australia continuing to rise, causing coastal erosion and threatening communities 72% 66% 78% 73% 77% 67% 80% 64% 91% 68%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122

Support for government actions to combat IPCC report-listed climate threats

Aug 17, 2021

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following government actions?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 7% 41% 29% 23% 4% 3%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 13% 34% 29% 24% 7% 6%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 13% 33% 29% 25% 7% 6%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 14% 32% 29% 25% 7% 7%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 17% 29% 23% 31% 9% 8%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 24% 22% 24% 30% 12% 11%
  • The majority of people would support the introduction of many of the changes to policy listed. 70% support greater government funding for installation of rooftop solar panels and household battery storage, and 63% support the introduction of a levy to high carbon-emitting industries.
  • 61% of people support both setting a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emission target for 2030, and the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030. Just over half (53%) support the end of public funding for coal and gas mining in Australia.
  • 47% are in favour of the phase-out of new petrol cars by 2030.
TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 70% 71% 65% 73% 72% 75% 68% 85% 66%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 59% 66% 61% 68% 58% 72% 55% 82% 50%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 61% 62% 64% 66% 55% 70% 54% 85% 50%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 60% 62% 66% 64% 54% 72% 52% 82% 53%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 54% 52% 56% 58% 44% 63% 43% 76% 39%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 48% 45% 53% 51% 36% 51% 42% 76% 37%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Those aged 18-34 have higher support than those aged over 55 for all measures, except greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage.
  • Coalition voters and those voting for a minor party or independent candidate have the lowest support for the introduction of all these measures. Labor and Greens voters are the most likely to support all measures.

Performance of Scott Morrison

Aug 3, 2021

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Scott Morrison is doing as Prime Minister?

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 End Mar’21 Mid Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
TOTAL: Approve 50% 51% 57% 58% 54% 57% 62% 65% 61% 62% 66% 63% 64%
TOTAL: Disapprove 40% 40% 36% 32% 37% 35% 29% 28% 30% 28% 25% 27% 28%
Don’t know 10% 9% 8% 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 9% 11% 9% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,100 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076

 

TOTAL: Approve Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21
NSW 50% 53% 59% 64% 55%
VIC 45% 49% 52% 51% 51%
QLD 54% 49% 60% 60% 57%
SA 53% 50% 56% 52% 50%
WA 53% 50% 50% 63% 56%
  • The Prime Minister’s approval rating is now at 50% – this is the lowest approval rating in the last 12 months.
  • Disapproval remains the same as last month at 40%. This continues to be the highest disapproval rating in the last 12 months.
  • The PM’s approval rating has decreased in NSW (50%, from 53% last month) and VIC (45% this month, from 49% last month).

Performance of Anthony Albanese

Aug 3, 2021

Q.  Do you approve or disapprove of the job Anthony Albanese is doing as Opposition Leader?

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
TOTAL: Approve 34% 41% 39% 39% 39% 41% 40% 42% 43% 40% 44% 44%
TOTAL: Disapprove 38% 35% 36% 35% 34% 32% 33% 33% 29% 33% 29% 29%
Don’t know 28% 24% 24% 25% 27% 27% 27% 25% 28% 27% 27% 27%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076
  • The Opposition Leader’s approval rating has decreased to 34%, down from 41% last month.
  • The proportion of people disapproving of Albanese has increased since last month, now at 38% (from 35%). 28% say they are unsure of his performance.

Preferred Prime Minister

Aug 3, 2021

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese?

Aug’21 Jul’21 Jun’21 May’21 Apr’21 Mar’21 Feb’21 Jan’21 Dec’20 Nov’20 Oct’20 Sep’20
Scott Morrison 45% 46% 48% 50% 47% 52% 52% 51% 50% 53% 50% 49%
Anthony Albanese 26% 28% 28% 24% 28% 26% 24% 25% 24% 24% 25% 26%
Don’t know 29% 26% 24% 26% 25% 22% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 25%
Base (n) 1,098 1,099 1,104 1,092 1,368 1,124 1,109 1,084 1,071 1,010 1,082 1,076
  • Less than half (45%) of Australians now think that Scott Morrison would make a better PM than Anthony Albanese (46% last month).
  • Just over a quarter (26%) think the opposition leader would make the better Prime Minister (28% in June). 29% of participants don’t know who would make the better PM.

Federal government response to Covid-19

Aug 3, 2021

Q. Overall, how would you rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

  02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11
Very poor 16% 13% 12% 10% 6% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5%
Quite poor 19% 19% 17% 14% 12% 10% 7% 8% 7% 11% 8% 9% 10%
Neither good nor poor 28% 23% 26% 22% 25% 21% 18% 24% 19% 19% 19% 18% 24%
Quite good 28% 32% 33% 38% 40% 40% 39% 39% 42% 42% 41% 41% 39%
Very good 10% 14% 11% 15% 18% 22% 31% 23% 27% 25% 26% 26% 22%
TOTAL: Poor 35% 31% 30% 24% 18% 17% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13% 15% 15%
TOTAL: Good 38% 46% 44% 53% 58% 62% 70% 62% 69% 67% 67% 67% 61%
Base (n) 1,098 1,100 1,099 1,104 1,100 1,368 1,124 1,074 1,109 1,092 1,034 1,010 1,063

 

TOTAL: Good 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03
NSW 39% 49% 44% 62% 56% 66% 69% 64%
VIC 33% 39% 40% 42% 57% 55% 65% 51%
QLD 40% 46% 48% 54% 56% 63% 69% 66%
SA 48% 51% 48% 58% 66% 62% 78% 68%
WA 37% 51% 42% 49% 56% 65% 75% 66%
  • 38% of people rate the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak as quite good or very good, with 35% rating it as quite poor or very poor. This is the worst rating recorded to date for this question which was first asked in March 2020.
  • Positive rating of the federal government’s handling of Covid-19 has dropped to its lowest recorded level in almost all states this month; most notably in WA (down from 51% last month, to 37%), NSW (39%, down from 49% in July), VIC (33% – the lowest rating of all states), and QLD (40%).

State government response to Covid-19

Aug 3, 2021

Q. How would you rate your state government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak?

TOTAL: Good 02/08 19/07 05/07 07/06 24/05 12/04 15/03 01/03 15/02 01/02 30/11 16/11 02/11
NSW 47% 54% 57% 69% 68% 73% 75% 72% 72% 71% 76% 75% 68%
VIC 54% 49% 50% 48% 63% 58% 62% 49% 59% 61% 60% 59% 55%
QLD 60% 62% 61% 65% 68% 72% 75% 73% 76% 78% 72% 71% 69%
SA 73% 68% 67% 67% 71% 75% 85% 78% 79% 80% 70% 76% 77%
WA 82% 77% 86% 75% 77% 84% 91% 85% 88% 80% 83% 82% 81%
  • Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in NSW, positive rating of the state government’s response to Covid-19 continues to drop, now at 47% from 57% a month ago.
  • Coinciding with the eased restrictions in VIC, rating of the state government has improved (now at 54%, 50% last month).
  • Positive rating of the SA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 73%, an improvement from last month (67%).
  • Positive rating of the WA government’s handling of Covid-19 has increased to 82%, an improvement from mid-July (77%).
  • In QLD, positive rating of the state government’s handling of Covid-19 is at 60%, consistent with a month ago (61%).

State government handling of latest Covid-19 outbreaks

Aug 3, 2021

Q. How well do you think your state government has handled the latest Covid-19 outbreak in your state?

[Asked only to those in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, and WA]

State
NSW VIC QLD SA WA
Extremely well 9% 24% 20% 40% 50%
Very well 15% 23% 27% 29% 24%
Fairly well 36% 30% 34% 24% 21%
Not that well 25% 13% 11% 4% 3%
Not well at all 15% 10% 8% 3% 3%
TOTAL: Extremely well + Very well 24% 47% 47% 69% 74%
TOTAL: Not that well + Not well at all 41% 23% 19% 7% 5%
Base (n) 352 276 220 86 111
  • Of people in states which were recently affected by Covid-19 outbreaks, NSW residents are the least likely to think their state government has handled the outbreak well.
  • About a quarter (24%) of those in NSW think their state government handled the outbreak extremely well or very well, compared to 47% of Victorians and Queenslanders respectively, 69% of South Australians, and 74% of Western Australians.
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